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Comal County Reports 26 New COVID-19 Cases, Death of New Braunfels Man in His 50s

Residents who wish to be tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. File image.

Comal County reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 today and the death of a New Braunfels man in his 50s who died of the virus on June 26.

No further details are available. The total number of deceased is now 327.

Of the 26 new cases, 15 are confirmed and 11 are probable, the county said in a statement released today. There are 249 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in the county. Of those, five are hospitalized.

Another nine COVID-19 recoveries were reported, bringing total recovered to 10,833.

There are no confirmed cases of the Delta Variant in the county.

The county’s seven-day molecular positivity rate for Tuesday is 4.75%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 6.09%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.74%.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 17 COVID-19 patients. Of those, four are in intensive care and two are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 20
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 2
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 2
  • 20s – 7
  • 30’s/40’s – 8
  • 50s/60s – 8
  • 70 and older -1

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 111,436 tests conducted
  • 6,105 confirmed cases
  • 5,280 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 11,409 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,122
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,633
  • South of Canyon Lake – 646
  • North of Canyon Lake – 541
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –412
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 55


Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older.

Probable Cases

“Probable case” is a category established by the Texas Department of State Health Services to describe those who do not have a positive PCR test for COVID-19 but meet two of the three criteria:

  • Meets clinical criteria and epidemiologic linkage with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for SARS-CoV-2.
  • Meets presumptive laboratory evidence, which is the detection of SARS-CoV-2 by antigen test in a respiratory specimen.
  • Meets vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2.

A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

Suspected Cases

A ‘suspect’ case meets supportive laboratory evidence with no prior history of being a confirmed or probable case. It is also counted toward the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:

    • Detection of a specific antibody in serum, plasma, or whole blood.
    • Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.

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